Treat candida to heal Psoriasis.
Candida, which is also known as a fungal or yeast infection, is another common but overlooked trigger people may or may not notice could be worsening their psoriasis and overall health. In fact, the causes and symptoms of these two conditions are very similar, and some forms even appear similar.
For example, Nail psoriasis is often misdiagnosed as candidal infection/fungus or vise versa, and Inverse Psoriasis is so similar to candidal intertrigo, it also often gets confused and misdiagnosed.
Recent research found that Candida species detection rates for people with psoriasis are significantly higher than those without psoriasis, especially in the oral mucosa milieux. The results suggest psoriasis may be one of the systemic diseases prone to oral Candida species carriage and infection.
If you are suffering from Nail Psoriasis, recurring Vaginal Yeast infection, White Coating on your Tongue, or Leaky gut syndrome, this post might provide some valuable information.
Do you have Candida overgrowth?
There are about 200 different species of the genus candida exist, and the Candida albicans is the most common opportunistic, pathogenic yeast.
Candida exists in every one of us. It is a normal member of the gastrointestinal tract microbiota of a healthy human that typically lives on most mucosal surfaces such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina without causing any problems when in good balance.
However, When mucosal barriers are disturbed, or the immune system is weakened, this opportunistic pathogenic yeast grows fast and causes internal and external fungal infections and that can result in illnesses and bothersome symptoms.
Do you have these signs and symptoms?
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Heart palpitations
- Poor memory
- Cravings for sweets
- Food sensitivities
- Lack of appetite
- Geographic tongue
- Respiratory problems
- Sinus congestion
- Athletes’ foot
- Rashes and dry red or white Patches
- Hay fever
- Cold hands or feet
- Low sex drive
- Urinary tract infections
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Osteomyelitis or bone infections
- Joint pain
- Hypoglycemia/low Blood Sugar
But by far, the most common problems are oral thrush, vaginal yeast, nail fungus, and another type worth mentioning is the candidal intertrigo because inverse psoriasis and intertrigo are look-alikes.
1) Oral candidiasis
Also known as oral thrush or mucosal Candidiasis, it commonly affects infants and toddlers but can affect adults as well. You might notice white coating or yellowish sore patches on the inner cheeks and tongue and slight cracking and redness at the corners of the mouth. Depending on the severity, some people may experience loss of taste and pain while eating or swallowing. Note, Candidiasis of the tongue may be confused with the geographic tongue. Geographic tongue however, could indicate oral Psoriasis, presenting histopathological, immunohistochemical, and genetic similarities with plaque psoriasis. Although people without Psoriasis also may experience Geographic tongue, it is more common in Psoriasis.
2) Vaginal candidiasis
Also known as yeast or fungal infection, vaginal candidiasis can be very uncomfortable. It causes irritation, abnormal vaginal discharge, itchiness in the vagina, and the vulva. Irritated skin surface often ends up getting affected with psoriasis as well.
3) Candidal onychomycosis (Nail Candidiasis/Fungus)
Candidal onychomycosis or Nail Candidiasis is a fungal infection of the nails. It is more common on toenails; however, it may affect both; toenails and fingernails. Symptoms of Nail Candidiasis are very similar to a form of nail psoriasis;
- White or yellow or even dark nail discoloration
- Thickening of the nail
- Separation of the nail from the nail bed
- Bad smell
Doctors often send nail psoriasis patients to get tested for fungal infections because it is common for fungus to take advantage of psoriasis affected nails and people end up having both nail psoriasis and fungal infection at the same time.
4) Candidal intertrigo
If you have inverse psoriasis you might have heard about intertrigo, it also affects skin folds and moist areas, and looks almost identical. So much so that it is often misdiagnosed.
How do you get candidal infections and what causes it?
Let’s look into a few lifestyle factors that encourage Candida overgrowth;
- A high sugar diet promotes Candida overgrowth because Candida feeds off sugars. The reason you crave sugars excessively could also be because candida releases chemicals that signal the brain, causing us to crave the sugars it needs.
- Refined carbs, anything made of white flour, including white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white rice, breakfast cereals are made of grains that have been stripped of all bran, fiber, and nutrients through processing. The digestive system converts carbohydrates into blood sugar (glucose), and this contributes to rapid blood sugar spikes and insulin levels and promotes candida overgrowth.
- High alcohol intake can harm the immune system, and bacterial and fungal skin infections are common in those who consume alcohol excessively. Alcohol abuse can change the community of microorganisms, or microbiome, in the intestine. It encourages bacterial and fungal overgrowth and can cause a leaky gut barrier, allowing substances to enter the bloodstream.
- Antibiotics are known to promote yeast infections, including gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth and penetration of the gastrointestinal mucosa.
- Birth Control pills disrupt the natural balance of estrogen and progesterone hormones, leading to yeast overgrowth.
- Corticosteroids and TNF inhibitors According to cdc.gov, these two types of medications can weaken your immune system and increase your chances of getting a fungal infection.
Other factors that encourage candida overgrowth
- Mercury In Tooth Fillings According to the FDA, approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper and used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay and often referred to as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. How could this be causing candida? Mercury particles and vapor are continuously released in the body as you chew, grind, and brush your teeth. When it gets into the large intestine, it damages beneficial bacteria and promotes the overgrowth of candida.
- High-stress levels – Chronic stress affects the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, which influences the immune function. Women tend to be more likely to get vaginal yeast infections if their bodies are under stress from poor diet, lack of sleep, illness, or when they are pregnant or taking antibiotics and contraceptives. 
- Weakened Immune System – All of the above factors sabotage the immune system, and It is apparent that weak and suppressed immune cannot fight and keep Candida species under control. Overgrowth causes all kinds of fungal infections and weakens the immune system even further.
Importance of Candida treatment in the healing of Psoriasis
Psoriasis classified as an immune-mediated inflammatory disease and one of the main focuses of Psoriasis treatment is healing the inflammation of the gut. However, Candida Overgrowth delays the healing and causes inflammation and inflammation further supports the Candida overgrowth. It is important to stop this vicious cycle In order to heal the gut and consequently heal Psoriasis.
It is important to note that Candida species cause more than 90% of invasive infections, so treating candida could also mean preventing other infectious diseases.
How Candida Diagnosed and Treated?
If you suspect you have a candidal infection, ask your doctor for professional advice. Usually, doctors ask about the patient’s medical history, recent use of antibiotics, or immunosuppressants/immunomodulators. Vaginal candidiasis diagnoses may involve taking a sample of vaginal discharge. For oral thrush, doctors take a small scraping of the lesions. For nail fungus diagnoses, they will cut a small piece of the affected nail. Samples are examined under a microscope for a fungal culture. Very often, a physical examination might be enough to determine the presents of candida.
Treatment of candida depends on the area affected. For oral thrush, your doctor might prescribe topical antifungal medications. For vaginal yeast, treatment options include vaginal tablets, creams, ointments, suppositories, or a single dose oral tablet. Nail Candidiasis treatment can be challenging and take a longer time to recover, and your doctor might prescribe topical therapy, nail lacquers, or oral therapy.
Preventive measures are important to achieve successful treatment results and to avoid recurring infections. The general rule is to avoid anything that feeds or encourages candida overgrowth.
- Avoid Sweets – It is important to avoid sugars, all kinds of sweets and desserts. As mentioned above, Candida feeds off sugars.
- Avoid Processed and Junk foods – Processed foods, deep-fried foods, junk foods, and snacks don’t provide any nutritional value but are packed with additives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives, maltodextrin, harmful oils, and other harmful ingredients that kill good bacteria and encourage candida overgrowth and worsen leaky gut syndrome.
- Avoid Unfermented Dairy – Milk, Cooking Cream, Cheeses best avoided. Candida diets however allow Plain Yoghurt and Low Fat Feta cheese, cottage cheese, goat-milk cheese, and butter/ghee in moderation
- Control Stress – It is important to avoid stressful situations when possible. Be aware of the invisible causes of stress and offload stress on time. Under stress, insulin levels fall, and the adrenal glands trigger glucose release into the bloodstream, and glucose concentration encourages candida overgrowth.
- Be aware of Vitamins and Supplements that contain yeast and sugars – Many vitamins and supplements may contain yeast or sugars, so it is important to read the labels. Ironically, Vitamins and Supplements prescribed for the treatment of Candida may contain yeast and sugars. For example; Some of the Vitamin B complex tablets may contain a form of yeast, and some Probiotics and Antifungal supplements may contain Maltodextrin (Maltodextrin has an even higher glycemic index than table sugar and causes a spike in blood sugar).
- Be aware of Antibiotics, Birth Control pills, Corticosteroids, and TNF inhibitors – As mentioned above, these are possible causes of Candida overgrowth. Be aware and ask your doctor for candida friendly alternatives.
- Be aware of Mercury in Tooth fillings – When getting a new crown or tooth filling, ask your dentist to consider healthier alternatives. According to FDA Composite Resin Fillings and Glass Ionomer Cement Fillings are the current alternatives to old dental amalgams.
- Prevent Nail candidiasis – If you are affected by nail psoriasis, watch out for nail fungus. Psoriasis damaged nail bed is the perfect environment for fungal invasion. Remember to follow good hygiene and use socks, shoes made of natural materials, and consider breathable shoe designs. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas like pools, spas, showers, and locker rooms.
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